Orioles vs Rays

*David Lough said his back issue has been resolved and now it’s strictly about getting his left hamstring injury resolved as the outfielder —slated to start the season on the disabled list— works his way back.

“It’s disappointing, it’s hard to go into [manager Buck Showalter’s] office and tell him that I’m injured because I’m not injured too often and when I am it’s frustrating,” said Lough, who had some hamstring tightness a few weeks back. :Especially with how well I know my body.  It’s just a minor bump in the road, I’ll look past this when Im done and get some at-bats at [the Minor League facility at] Twin Lakes and get ready to go.”

Lough went 5-for-27 (.185) this spring before he was shut down last week with back spasms that stemmed from picking up balls in the batting cage. He also said his SI joint locked up.

“We think those two were related in the [hamstring] injury,” Lough said. “At that point my hamstring wasn’t 100 percent. Now my back is completely fine, it’s just taking care of my hamstring and getting healthy.”

Lough, who will be eligible to return April 11, isn’t sure of his schedule moving forward or when he could start playing in Minor League games.

“It’s day-by-day, how my hamstring feels,” he said. “Once I can start running and getting out there playing like I used to. One of the big parts of my game is my speed, so when my hamstring is not at 100 percent it’s tough to do that.”

ORIOLES LINEUP

Everth Cabrera SS
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Kevin Gausman RHP

RAYS LINEUP

David DeJesus RF
John Jaso LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Corey Brown DH
Bobby Wilson C

Everett Teaford LHP

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